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On Thorns I Lay warn of a dark and doomy future on new single »Thorns Of Fire«; new self-titled album coming October 13th via Season Of Mist!

Greek death/doom/gothic metal band On Thorns I Lay premiere new music video for the third single and closing track »Thorns Of Fire« taken from their upcoming self-titled album, which will see the light on October 13th, 2023 via Season Of Mist.

Directed and filmed by Bob Katsionis & Alexander Haritakis.

01. Fallen From Grace
02. Newborn Skies
03. Crestfallen
04. Among The Wolves
05. Raise Empires
06. Thorns Of Fire

Courtesy of Season Of Mist:

On Thorns I Lay are perennial doomsayers. For 20+ years, these Greek titans have been crafting immense tales of loss and despair. But on the new single off their upcoming album, they warn of a fast-approaching apocalypse that’s so powerful, it might be too late for us to escape.

Watch the beautiful and barren video for »Thorns Of Fire« on our YouTube channel.

»On Thorns I Lay« comes out October 13, 2023.


Photo by Stella Mouzi

»Thorns Of Fire« is the grand finale on the band’s upcoming self-titled album. So it’s fitting that the song leaves us with a dark and doomy depiction of our final days. Cymbals crash with the impending force of rising tides, while the riffs fall like acid rain, leaving no choice but to bang our heads as we face our inevitable demise.

“»Thorns Of Fire« is about the crimes humanity has committed against the seed of life.” says On Thorns I Lay.

Halfway through its near eight-minute runtime, »Thorns Of Fire« simmers into a somber instrumental interlude. Ominous flute swirls amidst somber pricks of Christos Dragamestianos’ tamboura, only for vocalist Peter Miliadis to swallow the near silence with his unholy inferno of a death growl.

“We humans defy the ways and laws of Nature,” the band says, “but we will not escape from its wrath and revenge!”

On Thorns I Lay are Greek titans. Where their peers in Rotting Christ, Septicflesh and Nightfall were swayed more by symphonic and black metal, the Athenian band went for a taste of the gothic on their 1994 debut. Which makes sense: after all, they are named after a Shakespeare sonnet.

Thirty years and ten albums later, On Thorns I Lay are releasing a self-titled album that pushes death-doom to epic heights, casting a newborn gothic glow over muscular riffs and cavernous vocals hearkening back to the halcyon days of early ‘90s death-doom.

For fans of (early) Paradise Lost, Septicflesh, My Dying Bride, (early) Anathema, Nightfall.

Recorded at Devasoundz Studios.
Produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by Fotis Benardo.
Artwork by Dimitris Tzortzis.

Recording lineup:
Peter Miliadis – Vocals
Christos Dragamestianos – Guitars
Filippos Koliopanos – Guitars
Giannis Koskinas – Bass
Antonis Ventouris – Keyboards
Stelios Darakis – Drums

Bojan Bidovc // music enthusiast, promoter, misanthrop and sometimes a journalist as well

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